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This morning Facebook popped up a post from a group I’d never heard of: World Wildflower Photography. The post showed a cemetery in Walburg that had dense bluebonnets (Lupinus texensis) in it. Walburg is a small settlement in eastern Williamson county, much of which has remained rural. Nevertheless, when I searched online I discovered the little town has two cemeteries. Noting the names on a couple of the tombstones in the post’s photographs, I searched in an online cemetery registry and determined that the right cemetery was the one belonging to St. Peter Lutheran Church (which incidentally is a mile away from its cemetery).

Despite the (much needed) rain coming down in Austin, we set out for Walburg and hoped the rain would let up by the time we reached Walburg. It did. Only a minute after we arrived, and before I’d had a chance to take a single picture, another car pulled into the driveway. A couple visiting Texas from North Carolina had also seen pictures of the bluebonnet-covered Walburg cemetery online and had come to check it out, too. Small world, no? And in the middle picture, how about the stylized flower decoration among all the real flowers?

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April 13, 2022 at 4:00 PM

Claret cup cacti at Enchanted Rock

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On March 31st a friend was briefly visiting from California. Though she used to live in Austin, she’d never been to Enchanted Rock, so that’s where we headed. Among the highlights were several claret cup cacti (Echinocereus coccineus subsp. roemeri) that had already flowered, including the side-by-side pair shown above. On a different claret cup cactus flower I found a small grasshopper and a smaller spider; whether the spider had designs on the grasshopper, I can’t say.

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Written by Steve Schwartzman

April 13, 2022 at 4:33 AM

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